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Medieval and Early Modern Equids: Classifying by Breeds, Types and Functions

Medieval and Early Modern Equids:

Classifying by Breeds, Types and Functions

Edited by John Clark, Gail Brownrigg,

Kelly-Anne Gilbertson and Andrew Ó Donnghaile


Equine breeds, as we think of them today, are an early modern invention. Instead, medieval people distinguished between horses based on their origin and the type of work for which they were used. In this volume, we propose exploring medieval horse types, their treatment, training, use, artistic and literary representation as well as equipment employed for different tasks. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

- Types of horses used in warfare (warhorses, coursers, packhorses, and others)

- Civilian horses (palfreys, amblers, etc.)

- Working horses (plough horses, cart horses, etc.)

- Horse types used for ceremonial purposes and special equestrian equipment

- Representation of horses in marginalia, including imaginary equids and hybrids

- Differential treatment of horse types in sources, including legal documents, hippiatric treatises and literature


The preferred length of article is 9-12,000 words, but shorter and longer submissions can be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no limit on the maximum number of illustrations, as long as they are relevant to the argument made in the chapter. The expected final date for the delivery of first drafts is 15 June 2023. 

To propose an article, please send a short biography of 2-3 sentences and an abstract of 250-300 words to the Rewriting Equestrian History series co-editor Anastasija Ropa ( by 5 October 2022.

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